Title: Hell, Look at Me
Author: Edward Kendrick
Publisher: JMS Books
Characters: Charlie, Ricky, Jace and Liam
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Scene designer Charlie Cox is in a clandestine relationship with the theater’s lead actor, Ricky Moore. Charlie knows it will never be more than that because Ricky is too egotistical to want to be seen in public with a man who has deep burn scars on one arm. Not that Charlie blames him, since he’s certain he’s a freak in almost everyone’s eyes.
Jace Parish, the scene shop boss, is in love with Charlie but will never let him know. Jace thinks he’s uninteresting because he’s thirty and starting to bald, which makes him look middle-aged. He also has never admitted to anyone he works with that he’s gay.
Liam Dolan owns the gym where Jace comes to work out his anger and frustration. Liam has been drawn to Jace from the beginning but believes Jace is straight, so has never revealed his feelings to Jace.
Ricky Moore knows he is using Charlie for his own selfish ends. What Ricky can’t figure out is why, when he can and does have anyone he wants in his bed, he keeps coming back to Charlie.
These four men have preconceived ideas about themselves and each other. What will it take for them to realize love is possible, if they will only give it a chance?
I’ve read several books by Edward Kendrick and I’ve enjoyed them all. Mr. Kendrick has a real knack of getting to the heart and soul of his characters and showing real personal growth with each one of them.
The blurb does an excellent job at describing the story, so I won’t rehash much of it. Instead, I thought I’d talk about what I liked this book and why I’d recommend it for those who like an interesting, thought-provoking romance.
The story generates around four characters. Charlie and Jace are the heart of the story and the two other men are their love interests. Both Charlie and Jace have personal demons they fight with every day. Neither man believes they are worthy of love because of their physicial appearance. The thing is, both men are very attractive…both inside and out, but because society deems those who are perfectly gorgeous on the outside is the desirable thing, these two men low self-esteem when it comes to love and romance.
Charlie has been in love with Ricky for some time. Ricky is an up and coming actor who treats Charlie more like a booty call than anything serious. On the other hand, Jace has been infacuated with Charlie, but knows his heart is with Ricky. When he cries on the shoulder of his handsome personal trainer, Liam, he soon discovers a love filled promise of compassion, friendship and acceptance.
I really liked all of these men. I admit, Ricky was and in some way still is a harder sell for me. I’m not totally convinced he will be able to look past his own wants and needs to truly have a long-term happy ending with Charlie, but only time will tell. I did end up liking them as a couple, but wasn’t as sold on their HEA as much as Jace and Liam.
Hell, Look at Me is a fast-paced romance that immediately sweeps you up into the lives of these well-written characters. If you enjoy reading heroes who truly achieve personal growth and self-worth as they form solid relationships with their boyfriends, then this is definitely a good choice for you. Mr. Kendrick is definitely an author that continues to write satisfying and sexy romances that many readers will enjoy and always come back for more.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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